Warm welcome for £12m care home plan

An artists impression of how the care home in Bretton, Peterborough could look.
An artists impression of how the care home in Bretton, Peterborough could look.

EXTENSIVE plans to build a multi-million pound care centre have received a positive response from residents.

Leading care provider PJ Care is hoping to build a plush new 107-bed home on the Oak Tree site, off Bretton Way, in Bretton, Peterborough.

Plans for the £12 million home, which could create up to 180 new jobs in a range of specialist care fields, were revealed by the Evening Telegraph earlier this month.

They went on show for the public to see for the first time at a drop-in event last night in the Fitzwilliam Suite, at The Cresset, in Rightwell, Bretton.

A steady stream of visitors, including a number of Peterborough city councillors, flocked to the drop-in event throughout the evening - all of who gave the plans a thumbs up.

PJ Care chief executive John Moran said: “The fact the first person I spoke to had travelled eight miles here to say she was excited about the hydrotherapy pool facilities shows there’s a need for the type of services we provide.

“We are really excited about the project. This has definitely been a worthwhile exercise.”

PJ Care say the home would provide specialist care for people aged 18 to 65 with disabilities or suffering physical illnesses such as strokes, Huntington’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and brain injury.

The company said the facility, which would be one of only three in the country, will have a therapy centre with a physiotherapy gym, a hydrotherapy pool and a coffee shop. A decision has yet to be made about whether this would be open to the public.

Their plans also include building a training centre which will offer training in health and social care to local businesses and individuals as well as to staff at the home.

Among the jobs to be created at the home include around 80 registered nurses as well as cleaners, housekeepers and duty managers.

Wheelchair-bound Karen Oldale (49), from Maxey, near Peterborough, said: “I’m independent but I wanted to find out about the hydrotherapy facilities. It looks really good and I’m particularly keen on seeing if the gym and hydrotherapy facilities will be open to the community.”

Bretton North ward councillor Pat Nash, who visited PJ Care’s home in Daventry last week, added: “I think it’s wonderful. This is a tremendous coup. It will benefit the city and give kudos to Bretton.”